Milk Kefir Starter Kit
Hand-picked ingredients and supplies to get you started!
Make authentic milk kefir at home with our all-in-one Milk Kefir Starter Kit! It’s easy to make fresh, probiotic-rich kefir with this all-in-one kit. Just add our reusable Milk Kefir Grains to milk to prep 4 cups of delicious kefir in minutes each day.
Drink it, add it to smoothies and baked goods, or even make kefir cheese and ice cream! This kit includes 3 hand-picked supplies and our powerful Milk Kefir Grains to get you started; just add milk!
TOTAL TIME: 3-7 days to activate, then 1-2 days per batch
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes per batch
MAKES: 4 cups of milk kefir every 24-48 hours!
Hand-Picked Ingredients & Supplies
In This Kit:
Milk Kefir Grains are the key ingredient in making milk kefir at home. When added to milk and let to sit on your counter these grains create a tangy, probiotic-rich drink your whole family can enjoy!
- Culturing Temperature: 68° - 85°F
- Culturing Time: 1 to 2 days per batch
- Usage: Use 1 packet with 1 quart of cow or goat milk
- Ingredients: Organic powdered milk, organic milk, live active cultures. Packaged in a small amount of organic powdered milk to extend shelf life.
- Allergen Information: Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy and dairy. | Non-GMO | Gluten-free
- Storage: Shelf stable. Freezer storage is not recommended.
- Care: With the proper care, this culture can be used indefinitely. Culture away from potential contaminants (trash cans, other foods, etc.) with correct ingredients and ratios.
This strainer comes in handy for straining Milk Kefir Grains in between batches. Since it's non-metal you can use it safely with your grains.
- Country of Origin: Italy
- Materials: BPA-free PP plastic handle & nylon mesh strainer
- Care: Dishwasher safe
- Dimensions: 2.5 inches | Holds about 1/4 cup
This fine-weave butter muslin makes a great jar cover, keeping away unwanted critters and protecting your milk kefir as it cultures. Cut it to fit the size of your jar and re-use over and over with milk kefir batches.
- 1 square yard (91 cm x 91 cm)
- 100% unbleached cotton
This stick-on thermometer makes it easy to keep an eye on the temperature of your milk kefir and help you feel assured you are culturing at the right temperature. Just adhere to your glass jar and you're ready to go!
- Measures in both Fahrenheit and Celcius
- Range: 58° - 88°F (14° - 31°C)
- Material: Adhesive Tape: Double-Coated Adhesive Tape | Covering Film: Polyester 5 mil stock | Color Change Material: Non toxic mixture of liquid crystal esters
- Shelf Life: 12 months when stored at room temperature. Can last up to several years if stored and used in proper conditions such as being stored at room temp, kept away from UV light, and not exposed to moisture and solvents.
- Accuracy: - 30 to 59°C ±1°C | 60 to 89°C ±2°C | 90 to 120°C ±3°C | 75µ
Pasteurized Whole Milk (avoid ultra-pasteurized and UHT), Glass Jar, Cozy Spot to Culture
Tips & Tricks
THE JAR: We recommend using a glass jar for making milk kefir. You will need one large enough to hold one quart of milk.
THE MILK: Milk kefir grains need whole pasteurized dairy milk to culture. Check milk labels and avoid ultra-pasteurized or UHT milk.
WANT MORE INFO? Choosing Milk for Making Dairy Kefir
Watch our How-to Video to learn how to activate Milk Kefir Grains, step by step!
Watch our How-to Video to learn how to make Milk Kefir, step by step!
Your Milk Kefir Grains can last forever if you take care of them. Here are a few ways to keep them happy and healthy:
- Be patient. Give your grains time to wake up and adjust to their new surroundings.
- Keep your grains in a warm spot: 68°-85°F.
- Keep your grains away from possible contaminants like trash cans or other ferments.
- Don't let them starve! Give them fresh milk as soon as you notice the milk changing texture. They need food in the form of lactose to survive!
- Keep your grains out of the refrigerator if you can. Learn how to safely take a break from making milk kefir.
Second fermentation is the process of letting finished milk kefir (without the grains) sit at room temperature to culture again. This mellows the kefir and takes away some of the sharp acidic flavor milk kefir is known for. Watch our How-To Video to learn more about a second fermentation.
WANT MORE INFO?: Milk Kefir Second Fermentation & Flavoring
Kefir cheese is a tasty way to use up an over-abundance of kefir or strong-tasting, over-cultured kefir.
- Line a large bowl with butter muslin. Pour in 4+ cups of kefir. Tie the ends of the muslin together, making a sack.
- Hang the sack to drain (a cabinet handle works well) into the bowl. Drain 6-8 hours for spreadable cheese or up to 24 hours for harder cheese.
- Flavor with salt and herbs, to taste, as desired.